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Road Safety Week kicks off in Central Highlands

RBT WARNING: Sergeant Brad Weeks and Emerald constables perform a random breath test in Egerton St.
RBT WARNING: Sergeant Brad Weeks and Emerald constables perform a random breath test in Egerton St. Kelly Butterworth

RBTs, speed cameras and police on the lookout for distractions and unused seatbelts will be prominent in the Central Highlands next week, when Road Safety Week kicks off on Monday.

Running until Sunday, March 23, Road Safety Week focuses on the Fatal Five, and will also bring timely reminders to school students around the area from their adopt-a-cops to teach them about safety on our roads.

Emerald traffic branch Sergeant Brad Weeks said each of the Fatal Five would be assigned a "day".

"So we will be looking at particular offences on particular days, but that doesn't mean we won't be looking for everything else as well," Sgt Weeks said.

"Especially in Emerald we have seen a rise in vehicle defects, particularly windscreens which resemble Charlotte's Web.

"Another is modifications, but not what you might think, things like people putting bigger tyres on their four-wheel drives which stick out from under the car, which then leaves nothing to stop any rocks flicked up which can hit windscreens."

Sgt Weeks said educational talks would be given to school kids.

"We will be heading to the schools to chat to the kids at their parades through the week," he said.

Over one in five drivers and riders who die on Australian roads have a blood alcohol concentration higher than the legal limit.

The Fatal Five includes drink and drug driving, speeding, inattention, seatbelts and fatigue.

Moranbah police have paired with Isaac Regional Council and local radio station 4RFM for the week, running a campaign to locals.


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